At 8:00 on a Saturday night this place was packed. No surprise. Luckily my friend and I grabbed the last available table. After listening to a turtlenecked nincompoop prattle on about how Long Island was the lacrosse capitol of the world we placed our order. We split the Issan Sausage for an appetizer.
Not what I was expecting but damn tasty, these little sausage balls reminded me, only in appearance and texture, of boudin mainly based on the rice and the fine grind of meat. The garlic, ginger and scallions inside provided plenty of kick along with the fancy carved planks of ginger and small but incendiary chilies. This was gone in no time.
Feeling a hankerin' for beef I ordered Nam Prik Bao(sp?) which was nothing more elaborate than strips of marinated beef with peapods, baby corn, onions, mushrooms and carrots. The sauce or liquid was good and basically what you would get with the traditional Thai beef salad but minus the lime juice. The texture of the meat was oddly tender as if all remnants of protein had been broken down by being marinaded in acid, but not unpleasant in the least. While nothing exotic or sublime was in this dish, it was a plate of food cooked with care and seasoned well.
Mr friend got the pad thai. I didn't try it. He said it was good. I trusted him.
I would definitely go back here when the hubub dies down and dig deeper into the menu. They don't dumb their food down, the prices were very reasonable and the service was quick and efficient. I was sorry that I didn't try the special catfish custard as I saw many pass my way. Next time.
Spoon Thai Restaurant
4608 N Western Ave,
Phone: (773) 769-1173
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